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REUTERS WORLD NEWS: Nigerian Army Killed Kids, Fighting Rages in Ukraine, EU-Qatar Graft Scandal, World Cup, More – The St. Kitts-Nevis Observer

Monday, December 12, 2022
by Linda Noakes

Nigerian Army and allied forces slaughtered children during their grueling 13-year war against Islamist extremists in the country’s northeast, a Reuters investigation has found. More than 40 soldiers and civilians told Reuters they witnessed the military kill children or saw children’s corpses after a military operation. Estimates totaled in the thousands.
Russian forces pounded targets in eastern and southern Ukraine with missiles, drones and artillery, Ukraine’s General Staff said, while millions remained without power in subzero temperatures after further strikes on key infrastructure. Here’s what you need to know about the conflict right now.
People queued outside fever clinics at China’s hospitals for COVID checks, a new sign of the rapid spread of symptoms after authorities began dismantling stringent measures against the disease. Three years into the pandemic, China is moving to align with a world that has largely opened up.
The European Union’s credibility is at stake, EU foreign ministers warned, following allegations Qatar lavished cash and gifts on European Parliament officials to influence decision-making. Greece froze the assets of a key suspect in the case, Eva Kaili, a vice president in the European Parliament and one of four people arrested and charged in Belgium over the weekend.
Armed men opened fire inside a building in central Kabul that housed some foreigners, two Taliban sources told Reuters, in the latest violence to hit the country as it tries to stabilize after the withdrawal of U.S.-led foreign forces.
Iran hanged a man in public who had been convicted of killing two members of the security forces, the judiciary’s Mizan news agency reported, in the second execution of people involved in anti-government protests in less than a week.

Kansas residents near the site of the worst U.S. oil pipeline leak in a decade took the commotion and smell in their stride as cleanup crews labored in near-freezing temperatures, and investigators searched for clues to what caused the spill.
Biden administration officials will meet today to discuss next steps in securing the release of former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan, who was jailed in Russia in 2020 on spying charges, President Joe Biden’s top hostage negotiator said.
A Libyan man accused of making the bomb that killed 270 people after it blew up Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie in Scotland in 1988 is in custody in the United States. Abu Agila Mohammad Mas’ud Kheir Al-Marimi was taken into custody about two years after former Attorney General Bill Barr first announced the U.S. filed charges against him.
A crackdown by U.S. drug wholesalers in response to the opioid crisis is preventing some pharmacists from dispensing a combination of stimulants and sedatives routinely prescribed by psychiatrists to help patients manage conditions like anxiety and ADHD.

After playing catch-up with inflation through the past year in a policy shift made urgent by relentlessly rising prices, the U.S. Federal Reserve now faces a more subtle judgment about whether the economy is strong enough to motor through even higher interest rates or is on the cusp of a crack-up.
Britain’s economy rebounded in October a little more strongly than expected from September when output was affected by a one-off public holiday to mark the funeral of Queen Elizabeth, but a recession remained on the cards, official data showed.
Microsoft is to take a 4% equity stake in London Stock Exchange Group as part of a 10-year commercial deal to migrate the exchange operator’s data platform into the cloud. It is the latest sign of deepening ties between financial services providers and a handful of big global cloud companies.
Amgen said it would buy rare disease drugmaker Horizon Therapeutics for $26.4 billion in its biggest deal yet, giving the biotech company access to blockbuster thyroid eye disease treatment Tepezza.
Air India is close to placing landmark orders for as many as 500 jetliners worth tens of billions of dollars from both Airbus and Boeing as it carves out an ambitious renaissance under the Tata Group conglomerate, industry sources said.
China is making fast inroads in the market for newbuild liquefied natural gas tankers as local and foreign shipowners turn to its shipbuilders for the specialty vessels because long dominant yards in South Korea are fully booked.
Morocco’s foreign-born contingent deliver, the old guard drives France on, and a stray Qatar cat heads to England


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